“The data on the lost lives of migrant workers is being collected by the goverment,” said the Union Minister for labour and employment, Santosh Gangwar.
A data on the lost lives of migrant workers, will be collected from the whole nation. The migrant workers who have lost their lives while returning to their hometowns during the lockdown which was enforced on 25th March for 68 days will be collected from the states and union territories. The Centre told the Parliament on Monday.
On 14th September, the first day of the 18-day uninterrupted monsoon session of Parliament, the Union ministry of labour and employment expressed that no data was available nor collected on the daily wage labourers’ demise. This was highlighted by Santosh Gangwar, the Union Minister for labour and employment. The statement was said in response to the question in the Rajya Sabha by Derek O’Brien, member of Trinamool Congress (TMC).
O’Brien had asked for the knowledge about the data and status of the migrant workers who lost their lives due to the harsh conditions present during the lockdown. Most of them were compelled to commute by foot.
The Union ministry of labour and employment revealed that the Indian Railways operated 4,611 Shramik Special trains and transported as many as 6.3 million migrant labourers to places like UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh (MP), etc.”Data are being collected from the states and UTs.” said Gangwar.
Gangwar also added, “The global spread of Covid-19 followed by lockdown has caused economic disruptions across the globe, including India. Covid-19 has also resulted in migration of large numbers of workers from destination states to their home states. As per the data received from the states, over 1.06 crore migrant workers, including those who had travelled on foot during the lockdown, returned to their home states.”
“Now, with the process of unlocking, many migrant workers have started returning to their workplaces in destination states from states and UTs,” he concluded. (Source: HT)